Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi produced “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” has dropped, and has hit #1 on the UK charts already. Believable. My Google-ing of album reviews and YouTube-ing of tunes commenced throughout yesterday, with the thought of if I will be purchasing the album.
In the mix of WWW-ing, I came across an article in which Amy Winehouse’s father shared earlier today, through Mirror, the vision of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which is the organization all profits of this album will be going towards. Media has shown Amy Winehouse’s close relationship with her father so family lead on the Foundation brings a little warmth when thinking about behind-the-scenes crookedness of some artists’ philanthropic foundations. The mission, as her father shared, is for the Foundation to support and uplift youth through the arts. He mentioned ongoing work with larger associations. It’d be nice to see the Foundation supporting more grassroots movements that work closer and have more of a direct impact on youth.
Definitely more of an incentive to purchase the album, upon two close friends of Amy Winehouse producing the album, consisting of originals that hadn’t been released til now.
<3 Of the tracks I’ve listened to so far, Half Time, one of my favorites off the new album:
(“Amy had talked to Ahmir Questlove Thompson of the Roots about working together. “Halftime” is a song that Amy and Salaam had worked on since the Frank sessions. Recorded in August 2002.” - Soul Bounce)
And I leave you with one of my all-time favorite Amy Winehouse tunes, with Mark Ronson: (originally by The Zutons)
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.
But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.
It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”